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Could it be--Good Bye Columbus; Hello Columbia?

Burroughs Wonder Star Zeke Elliott visits Mizzou just ahead of National Football Signing Day Feb. 12.

Burroughs super-star running back Ezekiel Elliott just returned from a whirlwind 24-hours at Mizzou. All along, his word was he was going to take his talents to Columbus, Ohio and The Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Friday night, departing Westminster Christian Academy's gym, Elliott put it this way: "They are still my state school, and I'm going down there to give them a chance."

The worm could be turning. Ohio State brought in a last-minute prospect, just in case Zeke bolts for Columbia.

The visit went very well. The crowd at the Mizzou Arena for the Vanderbilt game rocked the house with M-I-Z-E-Z-E. The Burroughs back got the message. Both his parents lettered in sports at Mizzou. His dad Elliott played football for the Tigers.

USA Today High School Sports Online reported on the visit.

Jeremy Maclin was headed to Oklahoma before he ended up at Mizzou. Same went for Blaine Gabbert who spurned Nebraska for the Tigers. Time will tell about this one.

flyoverland January 28, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Both. I think what might be in front of him might influence his decision. I haven't followed The OSU, but I haven't seen anyone with his potential at RB at Mizzou. Both schools tend to red shirt Frosh, so the question is could he start at one over the other as a Freshman? The OSU is a more storied program, but recently, playing for Mizzou certainly hasn't been a hinderance to matriculating to the NFL, if that's his goal. Obviously, SEC trumps Big 10. Academically, The OSU is ranked #56 and Mizzou is #97 (US News), so out of, say 3000 colleges, that's not that material. What is his expected major? Does one school have an advantage that way?
James Baer January 28, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I don't have that information at my finger tips. I think you meant academically, the Big 10 trumps the SEC, not the other way around. I have no idea what his expected major will be. As you know, most freshmen have no idea at this point. Mizzou has some running backs, but few of the level of Bama, Fla, Geo, etc. Ohio State definitely has more returning vets.
flyoverland January 28, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I meant SEC trumps Big 10 in football. Clearly, the Big 10 has a higher academic standard, especially, when you throw in Northwestern. Just trying to think of the intangibles he might consider, especially for a kid from Burroughs who would have the world at his fingertips when it comes to colleges. Until you saw Scherer go to Mizzou last year, many JBS, MICDS kids with big talent would look to the Ivy League, or the NESCAC schools looking past the NFL to big jobs on Wall Street. I remember the two MICDS RB's, Malan and Reese, who set the all-time Ivy League rushing records (they finished 1, 2), both had brief NFL careers, but now have big jobs in finance.
James Baer January 28, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Malan and Reese were not at the level of Elliott, that's for sure. Don't forget Vanderbilt of the SEC.
flyoverland January 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Northwestern (12th). Vandy (17th and Southern Ivy League). Both top schools. If you average the U.S. News rankings for both conferences, The Big 10 average ranking is 61.6 (they were dragged down by Rutgers and Nebraska the only schools ranked out of the top 100). The SEC's average ranking was 86.7. (Five of the schools ranked lower than the top 100). Of course these are overall averages. If you wanted to be an engineer, you might choose Purdue, even though it might not rank as highly over all. Schools have strengths and weaknesses. My point is if this is simply a football decision, I don't think he can go wrong either place. I am sure the college counselors at JBS did a great job of helping with the decision. By the way, He might be farther along than Malan and Reese at this point, but there's a lot of miles between the ABC League (or whatever they're calling it now) and the NFL. I'm sure you are not minimizing the accomplishments of those two guys who rushed for more yards than any two players who ever played in the Ivy League, including back when it was a top League and both make it to the NFL. Two kids from the same school, same team, same backfield. Pretty amazing when you look back.

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